Don’t Panic: Don’t Talk

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The Met today released another 44 photos of people they want to ‘talk to’. The pictures are often of poor quality, and many of the ‘targets’ are masked up. The police have little chance of identifying many of these without help.

The information printed above has been distributed around London, but at the same time the Met police propoganda machine and their friends in the right wing press are bombarding people with messages to hand in themselves, their neighbours and even their children.

Some will probably do this in the expectation of justice, but there’s been little that looks like justice so far in the magistrates courts.

One man, who stole bottles of water worth £3.50 from a looted Lidls store, was sentenced to six months in prison as he had contributed “to the atmosphere of chaos and sheer lawlessness”. Another was given four months for merely telling a cop “I’d smash you if you took your uniform off”.

Almost everyone else has been remanded into custody, and very long sentences look likely. Magistrates courts sitting through the night have been described as being a conveyor belt, and even the law society has raised concerns about unfair hearings and rushed justice.

The politicians have said that the riots are ‘not political’, which is odd, because the sentencing clearly is. It is blatantly about creating a ‘deterrent’, not giving just punishment. Young people are simply being made examples of.

Anyone tempted to hand themselves or anyone else into the police should remember this. Conviction will mean a long prison sentence and a record that will last a lifetime and scupper any chance of getting a decent job. It may even mean a family is evicted from their home. Does the person you want to grass up really deserve that?

People facing arrest should give ‘no comment’ interviews, and take time to consider whether to plead guilty or not. No-one should admit to anything, or plead guilty, until they know the extent of evidence against them. Anyone reading this who would like legal support for a friend or family member should get in touch. info@fitwatch.org.uk

The leaflet printed above was not produced or distributed by Fitwatch, but does have a similarity to information we published after the student demo back last December. When we published it then, the police shut down our website, claiming we were ‘perverting the course of justice’.

This leaflet has already been reprinted on various websites and even quoted in the Evening Standard, so we have no fear of publishing it again here. Unless the Evening Standard too is perverting the course of justice.

9 thoughts on “Don’t Panic: Don’t Talk

  1. Does this apply to the gun men shooting at police and the police helicopter in Brum ? Which could of hurt loads of members if the public ??

  2. Unfortunately “No liberty without order!” freedoms which help protect honest citizens against oppression by officials can be abused by those who are not honest.

    This is a long settled matter, it is better that 100 guilty people go free than one innocent person is falsely convicted.

    I have no doubt that the people shooting at the police helicopter, if that is what they were doing, were well aware of “no comment” long before Fitwatch or anyone else made it available to the public. So your “point” is empty.

    Why is it that the arguments of the “law and order” brigade fall to bits on the simplest examination?

  3. One law for the rich, another for the poor.

    The government is pouring taxpayers’ money into the pockets of the rich and powerful. It is undemocratic, unjust and corrupt. I cannot support these exemplary sentences.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. John, the slag that are shooting are obviously in the club, old boy, and no doubt would say,”No comment, init bruv!” or,” you got nufink, ( then sucks teeth !) I am referring to the lad or lass that knows who they are and maybe, just maybe thinks that shooting a gun on the streets at other human beings may be a tad ott and might save a life or two by anon calling crimestoppers etc. Any way I have just rediscovered ‘scrumpy’ so I will sit back after 15 hours double time and get pissed watching blue rays on my 50 inch plasma, ( which I bought with hard earned ££) bring on the weekend !

  5. I
    “People are taken out one at a time by many police, its time the tables were turned. Fucking shit Nazi state”

    You stupid naive child. I lived throught the holocaust, saw family and friends taken out by the “police” and they never ever came back. GB a nazi state. You do not have any idea. Just because you do not get your own way and you feel that the police are a little heavy handed, but you have no idea about a Nazi state. Do not be such a whingeing child.
    By all means complain (although what you really have to complain about I shall never know), but do not think for one minute that your rights are really being infringed. You have absolutely no idea about lack of rights. Take it from one who has been there and was very lucky to come out of it.

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